Body, Mind

Testing My Limits

When someone tells me I can’t do something, it makes me want to do it even more.  When my parents said I couldn’t wear makeup, I had a stash under my bed.  When I put my name in for a promotion back when I worked a corporate job and people told me I wouldn’t get it, guess what? I did.

I love a good challenge.

Challenges have shaped my daily life in a profound way.  When I challenge myself I’m just doing an experiment.  Will this work for me or not?

Some challenges I have done:

Fasting

Taking a break from alcohol

Plank challenge

5K challenge

No makeup challenge

No spend challenge

 

Every single one taught me a lesson.

The hardest lesson by far was taking a break from alcohol.  I learned that I had become very attached to my glass of wine after work.  I learned just how crazy my brain could go when I changed my daily routine and drank a carbonated water after work instead of wine.  My brain lost it’s shit!  I quit so many times on myself with this challenge that it sent me into a spiral of self-loathing.  This was a clear indication that I was no longer in control of my drinking.

I realized that a drastic change was needed.  I made the change. I grew as a person, became a better parent and wife.  If I had not done this challenge, I would never have known what a big impact a glass of wine was making in my life.

Another challenge I did was giving up sugar.  Boy was that hard!  I was used to my sugary coffee in the morning.  I loved making cookies and brownies and eating them fresh out of the oven.  I tried sugar substitutes, but they never quite cut it for me.  The first thing I had to do was get used to drinking my coffee black.  It took about 4 days to get used to it.  Now I can’t imagine drinking my coffee sweet.

I love how much I learn about myself when I challenge myself.  It’s how I figure out what is working and what is not.

Today I am challenging myself to a 4-minute arm hang with a 10 burpee penalty for each time I let go. I will leave the clock running and see just how long over-all the whole ordeal will take me.  I think my takeaway will be that I have very poor upper body strength and that is something I will need to work on.  Just how poor remains to be seen.

On to my next challenge!

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